Neither Heaven’s Angels

Neither heaven’s angels nor the Son of God

know for sure the moment when we will be called.                                                          

So we must be ready for that day to come when we will be taken to eternal homes.



No one knows the moment nor can guess the hour

when God’s son is coming with redeeming pow’r.


As the days of Noah, so ours too will be,

busy at our labours, lost in revelry.                                                                             

Heaven’s windows opened, lives were swept away.

So will be Christ’s advent on that final day. 


At a task together, two in harmony,

one remained in harness, other was set free.                                                                  

Two toiled at the grindstone, meal for meals they made.

One continued working while her friend escaped.


Image:   Lukas Meier on Unsplash

Source:  Matthew 24:36-44 

Text:     David Alexander, 2007 & 2022  CC BY-SA NC 4.0

Tune:   Richmond, Public Domain


Audio:  Used by permission

Knowing the Times

Knowing the times for what they are, we waken from our sleep.                                                                                             Salvation is more near at hand than when we first believed.


Then night is gone, the day is near, so let us lay aside                                                                                                               the works of darkness we have worn and don the cloak of light.


Live as by day in honesty, not hiding as at night.                                                                                                           Cast off the ways of jealous strife and put on Jesus Christ.


Image:  Hilthart Pedersen on Unsplash

Source:  Romans 13:11-14 

Text:     David Alexander, CC BY-SA NC 4.0

Tune:   Richmond, Public Domain

Score:  Used by permission

How Glad I Was

How glad was I when came the word that called us to the house of God.                              

Jerusalem, within you now our feet do stand, our heads we bow.                                             

This place to which the tribes ascend is built and bound by God’s own hand.                                 

So thank the Lord who gives to all both temple and the judgment hall.


For peace we lift our hands and pray that all may prosper in God’s way.                                 

Secure and well may people stand in this and all surrounding lands.                                      

May peace within these walls abound. May God’s own word herein resound.                             

Where shines the sun the Gospel reach, o’er mountain, valley, lake and sea. 

Image:  Reiseuhu on Unsplash 

Source:   Psalm 122

Text:     David Alexander, 2007 & 2022 CC BY-SA NC 4.0

Tune:   Creation, Public Domain

Score:  Used by permission

In Days to Come

In days to come the mountain of the Lord shall be established as the highest place.

From East and West all peoples will stream toward that holy hill where we shall see God’s face. 


Come, let us go ascend that chosen mount where Jacob’s God is by all people found.

There may we learn of heaven’s blessed ways that we may follow Jesus all our days. 


From Zion comes the teaching we must heed, out from Jerusalem the word we need.

Between the nations God alone decides. To paths of righteousness the Spirit guides. 


Swords into plowshares, spears to pruning hooks, learn no more warfare from our many books,

but in the light of Jacob’s God now walk and let the peace of heaven fill our talk. 


Image: Eric Muhr on Unsplash

Source:   Isaiah 2:1-5

Text:     David Alexander, 2007 & 2022  CC BY-SA NC 4.0

Tune:   Ellers, Public Domain

Score:  Used by permission

The Bread that Makes us Whole

Over on the other side, where he’d gone, but not to hide,

folks who found him were surprised and asked him,”Rabbi, when you came here?” 

Jesus didn’t answer that. He just told them what was what. 


“Work for what is worth your sweat, which is mine to give, you bet.” 

They then wondered what to do to get their father, God’s approval. 

Jesus told them to believe, in the One God sent. “In me.”


Doubters asked to see a sign that he was, indeed, divine.

They suggested that he feed them. Absent that, they wouldn’t heed him.

Jesus offered up himself, as the bread that makes all well. 


Image:  Mae Mu on Unsplash

Source:  John 6:25-35

Text:  David Alexander, 2022  CC BY-SA NC 4.0

Tune:  Weil Ich Jesu Schaflein Bin, Public Domain


Audio:  Used by Permission 

Rejoice, always Rejoice

Rejoice, always rejoice. Again I say rejoice!

Show everyone you’re gentle.

The Lord is very near, so worry not a bit. 

Put ever-y-thing in prayer. 


The very peace of God will guard your hearts and minds,

beyond all understanding.

Now, set your minds upon what’s true, and honor more

what’s pure, wh-at’s just and pleasing. 


Where excellence is found and things worthy of praise,

keep doing what I’ve practiced. 

The God of peace will be with you in Jesus Christ

from now un-til forever. 


Image: Tyler Nix on Unsplash

Source:  Philippians 4:4-9

Text:  David Alexander, CC BY-SA NC 4.0

Tune:  Brindley, Public Domain


Audio:  Used by Permission

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Come, Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord

O come make a noise joyful unto the Lord.

Creation, to God give your praise.

With gladness come worship the fountain of life,

enter God’s presence singing this day.


That God is the Lord, to all creatures make known,

who made us, to whom all belong.

Like sheep in a pasture we’re under God’s care,

as God’s people we lift up this song.


We enter God’s gates bringing thanks on our lips.

These courts now resound with our praise,

And gratitude unto the Lord fills our minds;

as one household we bless God’s name.


The Lord’s so magnificent, what can we say?

God’s goodness is boun-tious and pure.

Whose love, steadfast, unto all ages endures,

to all ages, faithfulness sure.


Image:  alexey turenkov on Unsplash

Source:  Psalm 100

Text:  David Alexander, 2008, CCO

Tune: Davis, Public Domain

Score:  Used by Permission

When You Possess the Land

When, after conquest, you possess the

land that the Lord is giving you,

and you have settled, don’t forget to

bring what you’ve raised and offer thanks.

God will appoint a time and place,

Where you can meet a friendly face.


Ancestors wandered down to Egypt

Starting as few but there they grew.

Suffering under harsh affliction

Heard by the Lord, they were led out. 

With mighty hand and outstretched arm

Led to this place, set free from harm.  


Once in the land of milk and honey

bearing first fruits of what’s been raised.

Bow before God with all your neighbors;

make it a day to celebrate.

Bounty received from God above.

Share it as well in peace and love. 


Image: David Clode on Unsplash

Source:  Deuteronomy 26:1-11

Text:  David Alexander, 2022, CC BY-SA NC 4.0

Tune: O Dass Ich Tausend Zungen Hatte (Dretzel), Public Domain

Score:  Used by Permission

Do Not Mourn

When he’s dead don’t mourn that king, but declare a holiday, Oh!

Don’t erect a monument. Bury him in some unmarked place. 

Let it end there.  


Tell it out both near and far, “Now he’s dead and we’ve been set… free.”

Those who share his stubborn pride, send them captive somewhere distant. 

Let them die there. 


Like a woman who gives birth, pains portend the thing that’s com–ing.

In the same way, consequence of what’s done is up and running. 

No way back now.


Far away from where he lived, may his fortune fade and dwindle;

history regard him lost, victim of his will to swindle.

Let’s go onward!


Image: Picturesque Palestine, Sinai, and Egypt, Division I, p. 110. New York: D. Appleton & Co. 1881.

Source: Jeremiah 22:18-30

Text:    David Alexander, 2022  CC BY-NC SA 4.0

Tune: St Albinus, Public Domain


Audio:  Used by Permission

What Kind of King is This

What kind of king is this, who at the place called skull

hangs crucified in public sight with criminals?

To God on high he cries, for those who brought him there,

“Forgive them for they do not know,” was his heart’s pray’r.


While soldiers took his clothes, some people stood and watched. 

“If you’re the Christ then save yourself,” their leaders scoffed. 

Above his head a sign to all proclaimed him king.

His throne a cross portends the loss of ev-ry-thing.


One bandit at his side spoke up as to deride,

“Get moving, save yourself and us if you are Christ.”

the other did confess and offered up a plea.

“When you come to your kingdom, Lord, remember me.”


This day we hail him king and Lord of everything.

In praise we raise both hearts and voices as we sing. 

Proclaim Emmanuel, Messiah, Jesus Christ, 

who said, “today you’ll be with me in Paradise.”


Image:  ‘Golgotha’ by Master of the Prodigal Son, 16th century 

Source:  Luke 23:33-43

Text:  David Alexander, 2007, CCO

Tune:  Yigdal (Leoni), Public Domain


Audio:  Used by Permission